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Trump administration desperate to hide new CIA appointee’s history with ‘black site’ prisons and torture

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President Donald Trump’s administration is fighting the CIA’s new deputy director Gina Haspel from giving a deposition about her role in the agency’s most severe methods of torture.

Haspel was deposed by James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, who both made millions crafting the CIA’s torture program, The Intercept reported Friday. The ACLU is suing the two men on behalf of three former detainees held in 2002. Haspel is being asked whether the CIA authorized the actions and to provide documents about the matter.

Haspel previously owned the international prison in Thailand in 2002 where the CIA’s first prisoner interrogations took place after the 9/11 attacks. She then helped cover up the abuse of detainees, destroying 92 videotapes of the interrogations. At the time, the U.S. Senate had told her not to.

She’s not directly mentioned by name in the Senate’s torture report but what happened to those in her prison is. One man was waterboarded until he was “completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.” The interrogation was heralded by Mitchell and Jessen as the example to follow.

The government claimed having Haspel testify would reveal “state secrets” and that her involvement couldn’t be confirmed or denied. The ACLU isn’t even seeking to have Haspel answer questions because they believe it doesn’t hold any bearing on the two men on trial.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also tried to use the “secrets privilege” to block lawsuits for torture.

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As of today, no survivor of torture at the hands of the United States has been given any compensation for their treatment.

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The Navy accidentally nominated a convicted child sex predator to be a future department head

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On Tuesday, the Navy Times reported that Lt. j.g. Michael D. McNeil was nominated, along with several other junior service officers, as eligible to be a future department head by the Navy Personnel Command.

This would be somewhat surprising, given that McNeil is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, for soliciting sex from a 12-year-old deaf girl.

The reason why McNeil was listed as under consideration is that the Navy had not yet updated his records with the "civil action report" noting his conviction, which was handed down in March. Navy records still listed him as active duty and assigned to the guided-missile destroyer Lassen when the list was drafted.

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Texas Republican denies trying to cleanse internet of references to the time she allegedly kidnapped a puppy

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The legal counsel for the Bexar County Republican Party in Texas is denying attempting to force Google to hide articles from her past.

"Google has received six requests to remove links to newspaper columns about Lynette Boggs-Perez, a recently elected Judson ISD trustee whose political career in Nevada was dogged by scandal before she moved to Texas," the San Antonio Express News reported, via Reason.

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Trump’s fans think he’s a macho he-man — he’s really a moral weakling who preys on women and kids

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Donald Trump's fans are obsessed with the idea that their hero is the pinnacle of manliness, here to restore the supposed greatness of American masculinity after its alleged assault at the hands of feminism and "political correctness." His fans paint semi-erotic art portraying Trump as handsome and virile, either with a couple of dozen pounds shaved off his waistline or as an over-muscular he-man. They are so sure that Trump radiates a vibrant masculinity that Trump fanboy and convicted criminal Dinesh D'Souza recently posted a picture of Trump sitting next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the caption, "Masculinity in the twenty first century: which one is YOU?" The implicit assumption was that the orange-tinted primate, hunched over in a poorly-fitted suit was obviously more of a studly macho man than the suave young Canadian.

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